Sunday, May 16, 2004

Celebrate Arbor Day with a book from the Juneau Public Library
Alaska celebrates Arbor Day every year on the third Monday in May, which makes tomorrow Arbor Day!

How to kill downtown
I would like to offer a simple primer on how to destroy a downtown economy.

Name-calling doesnt' help
As a Christian who opposed the Iraq war from its conception, I feel a need to respond to some of Matt Skerbitz's assertions.

Crew responds quickly
I want to thank my fellow crew members for the quick response to the emergency evacuation of the M/V LeConte.

Enjoy and protect Berners Bay
My experiences in Berners Bay have instilled in me a deep sense of respect and love for this amazing ecosystem.

Understand ballot
Voters should be aware of confusing language on the ballot concerning the new Valley high school.

Petitioners distort numbers
I attended two forums about the new high school this past week.

Wreck foreshadows danger
Thank goodness it was one of the old, slow, steel-hulled ferries that went aground.

Similar to Aurora incident
I was about 12 or 13 when I recall being on the Aurora when it ran aground in Peril Straits.

Shout at the devil
Abortion is more than a woman's issue.

Getting the drugs off the street
Anybody who wants marijuana in Juneau can pretty much find it, according to the head of the local multiagency drug-enforcement task force.

Kids, adults gear up for sailing
Sailing attunes kids to what's going on around them, says Jay Ginter, a board member of Juneau Youth Sailing.

Man set for trial faces another sex charge
A man awaiting trial on a charge of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor appeared in court Thursday on a charge of first-degree sexual assault against a 16-year-old girl.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

City's air-ordinance negotiations collapse
Talks over amending the current clean indoor air ordinance have gone up in smoke, officials and negotiators said.

10-year-old struck by car
A 10-year-old Juneau boy was in stable condition at Bartlett Regional Hospital on Saturday night after he was struck by a station wagon on North Douglas Highway, authorities said.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reports.

Catherine Ann (Williams) McMillan
Former Juneau resident Catherine Ann (Williams) McMillan, 62, died May 6, 2004, at her Lynnwood, Wash., home of cancer.

Lovisa Clark
Juneau resident Lovisa Clark, 89, died Nov. 30, 2003, at the Wildflower Court in Juneau.

Not earning a diploma is a big deal
It may not seem like a big deal if less than 5 percent of Juneau-Douglas High School seniors don't pass the state-required graduation test in order to earn a high school diploma, but actually it is because of the implications for those who don't pass and for local work force development.

Mayors still back POMV
The Alaska Conference of Mayors has taken a long and steadfast stand on the issue of Alaska's fiscal problem.

Thumbs up thumbs down
Thumbs up to Gov. Frank Murkowski for not calling a special legislative session and for leaving that matter to the state lawmakers who dragged their feet for the past four months and have so little to show for it.

Cartoon by Toe
Cartoon by the local artist Toe.

Discover the beauty of South Bridget Cove
South Bridget Cove is located at Mile 37.4 Glacier Highway. This is one of Juneau's 60 natural area parks that makes our community unique.

Blowing in the wind
Tim Arness likes kites. And he likes skiing. So when he read about kite skiing in a magazine last year, it didn't take him too long to decide it was something he wanted to try.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Out & About
Upcoming local outdoors events.

Fish report
Last week the hot spots for king salmon fishing were False Outer Point and Lizardhead.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming local sports events.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Derby results

Crimson Bear girls shoot the lights out
The state tournament berth-clinching victory for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team ran late Friday night, so late it ended when an automatic timer in the stadium lights at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park decided it was time for everyone to go home.

'Finishing school' pays off for Juneau boys
While the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team has been able to remain unbeaten this season, there has been a constant worry for the Crimson Bears.

How sweep it is!
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys track and field team cruised to victory in the Region V Championships held Friday and Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

For the Special Olympics
David Tracy of the Alaska State Troopers takes his turn at carrying the torch during the Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Alaska.

Bills that didn't pass may be back
Lawmakers in the 23rd Alaska Legislature passed 414 bills and resolutions this session, more than a third of the 1,132 introduced since January 2003.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from across the state.

Lawmakers: Hike oil taxes
Record-high oil prices will go a long way toward helping the state balance the budget this year, but some lawmakers say the oil industry is not doing enough to help solve long-term budget problems.

Young hopeful about highways bill
National highway bills that could increase road spending in Alaska by more than a third have stalled as members of Congress argue over the proper spending level and procedural issues.

Prescription painkillers are becoming a bigger problem in SE
A pill that an arthritis sufferer might use to get through the day could look like heroin to a drug addict.

Salvage ship arrives at LeConte grounding
Salvage workers removed all 15 vehicles on board the grounded state ferry LeConte on Friday, and a salvage ship arrived at the scene Saturday morning.

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